Cricket round-up

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Rainford will be looking for an upturn in form during the second half of the Liverpool Cricket Competition season which gets under way this weekend.

Paul Farrar's outfit are currently lying 11th in the 12-club premier division and their current plight was reflected by the mauling they suffered at Leigh on Saturday where the home side stormed to a comprehensive 112-run victory.

Title-chasing Leigh, who batted first, posted a total of 168-8 declared from 42.5 overs in which major contributions came from Thomas Foster (48), Matthew Hibbert (35no) and Matthew McKiernan (30).

Daniel Houghton (3-28), Andrew Davies (3-55) and John Dotters (1-49) all produced acceptable bowling figures but then Rainford's failure with the bat proved to be their downfall.

Only Joseph Noctor (32) and tail-ender Houghton (15) reached double figures as the visitors crumbled to 56 all out in only 18.4 overs.

Eighth-placed Rainhill fared a little better, earning a draw at Lytham which went right down to the wire.

The visitors, batting first, recorded a total of 167 all out from 53.1 overs (Sam Kershaw 43, Ross Higham 31no, Joseph Kennedy 25, Mohammad Aslam Qureshi 17).

It looked a winning total when the hosts staggered to 125-9 in reply but the last pair refused to budge and came within four runs of earning their side a smash-and-grab win.

In division one, Newton-le-Willows suffered a five wicket home defeat at the hands of Southport and Birkdale in a low-scoring encounter.

Newton, batting first, were dismissed for 76 from only 36 overs (Jonathan Hurst 19, Furquan Shafiq 15, Ian Walker 15 no) and in response the Seasiders plundered 77-5 (Shafiq 2-24, Cameron Smith 1-7, Dominic Chambers 1-8).

St Helens Town were left kicking their heels in frustration after their second division clash against Caldy at Ruskin Drive was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

It was the only game in the division which was decided by the weather but at least the five points Town were awarded brought them level with Old Xaverians in second spot on 169 points - 62 behind runaway leaders Skelmersdale.

Sutton, on the other hand, earned a much-needed win at Parkfield Liscard and at the same time lifted themselves off the bottom rung of the table.

The New Street side batted first and rattled up a total of 167-7 declared from 55

overs and then dismissed Parkfield for 126 in 34.1 overs.

Premier division fixtures involving local clubs on Saturday are: Rainford v New Brighton, Rainhill v Formby.

First division: Burscough v Newton-le-Willows. Second division: Spring View v St Helens Town, Sutton v Old Xaverians.